Saturday, October 16, 2010

1st Annual 3K Paper Run

Saturday morning, 16 October, was the running of the 1st Annual 3K Paper Run sponsored by the Papyrus Club of SUNY-ESF.  The event was held in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation (SPPF), which has provided over $3.6 million dollars in scholarships since 196j0 to students studying in the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering (PBE). 

The course begin by the famous Robin Hood Oak between Walters and Bray Hall before proceeding into Oakwood Cemetary behind the campus.  After looping through the cemetery, the race finished behind Walters Hall.  Seventeen people braved the cold, windy weather to complete the course.  The participants included 9 PBE students, 4 PBE faculty members, 1 director of SPPF, and several relatives of students and faculty.

The winner of the race was Pavlev Bujanovic, the son of Dr. Biljana Bujanovic, a professor in the PBE Department.  Tom Forte, and Steven Tyrell, students in the PBE Department, finished 2nd and 3rd.  The top faculty finisher was Dr. Gary Scott, the chair of the department and Steve Lachasz was the top finisher among the SPPF Directors.  The complete results are given below. 

2010 3k Paper Run 002 Team Zipprich before the race.

2010 3k Paper Run 004 The blazing start.

2010 3k Paper Run 008 Some Finishers.2010 3k Paper Run 009 2010 3k Paper Run 010 2010 3k Paper Run 0182010 3k Paper Run 019 2010 3k Paper Run 021

 2010 3k Paper Run
16 October 2010

Bib Number Time Name
208 0:11:30 Bujanovic, Pavlev
209 0:11:34 Forte, Tom (PBE student)
203 0:11:43 Tyrell, Steven (PBE student)
202 0:12:28 Zipprich, Derek (PBE student)
213 0:12:39 Rimmer, Tom (PBE student)
204 0:12:55 Zipprich, Caryle
214 0:13:03 Streczywilk, Chris (PBE student)
201 0:13:27 Scott, Gary (PBE Faculty)
212 0:14:06 Whitman, Dennis (PBE student)
205 0:14:50 Lachasz, Steve (SPPF Director)
211 0:15:01 Dimarco, Dan (PBE student)
215 0:15:33 Murphy, Andrew (PBE student)
210 0:17:27 Doelle, Klaus (PBE Faculty)
216 0:20:51 Planter, Corey (PBE student)
206 0:21:08 Bujanovic, Tomislav
217 0:21:21 Lai, Yuan-Zong (PBE Faculty)
207 0:22:32 Bujanovic, Biljana (PBE Faculty)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Career Paths for Paper and Bioprocess Engineering Graduates

On Wednesday, 13 October 2010, Mr Lester Lee spoke to the students about career paths after receiving your degree from SUNY-ESF.  In his talk, he used his career with Honeywell as an example.  Mr Lee was a 1963 graduate of the Paper Science program and after initially working for Hammermill Paper in Erie, PA, he joined a control system supplier that eventually became part of Honeywell.  After 41 years with this company, he recently retired and is currently consulting within the paper industry.


His message to the students included advice on how to create your own opportunities within the industry, with the first step being getting your degree.  With the degree, the students will have the technical requirements to succeed in the industry, but it is up to the student to continue learning and developing new skills, especially the personal and leadership skills.  Mr Lee pointed out that there are a large number of paths to develop these skills and to continue learning throughout a career including advanced degrees, short courses, seminars, and self-development tapes, CDs, and DVDs.  His two favorite self-learning courses are by Brain Tracy (  "The Psychology of Achievement" and "The Psychology of Sales." 

In closing, Mr Lee gave the following advice:

  • With your degree, you have a significant number of career opportunities open to you.
  • Figure out which situation would make you happy, and go after it with enthusiasm.
  • Continue your education, through DVD’s or tapes that allow you to learn from the best.
  • Apply the positive thinking principles, to achieve great results in your career and in your life.

A New Academic Year in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

A new academic year has started at SUNY-ESF and with the new year comes a new group of students starting in our Paper Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering programs as well as a new look for the space between Walters and Bray Halls. 

Due to the beginning of the construction of the new Gateway Building on the parking lot behind Moon Library, the area between Walters and Bray Halls and around the Robin Hood Oak has been reconfigured to provide the parking that will be lost.  This has required the relocation of the Lincoln statue that has sat in front of Walters Hall since the early 1970s.  With much fanfare, Lincoln was moved to his new location at the north end of Bray Hall where he now welcomes students entering the Quad from between Bray and Illick Halls.


We also welcomed 28 new students to our programs in PBE.  This year, the class was almost evenly split between Paper Engineering (13 students) and Bioprocess Engineering (15 students).  In addition, we welcomed 3 exchange students from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China and a dual degree student from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology from Beijing, China.

Please return to the blog as I will be posting information about the events of the semester.